Really, it's about the people. Kara DeFrias enjoys the work about the work, and can be found speaking internationally on the intersection of technology and humanity. #TeamOxfordComma
Kara's worked in a number of industries. It's not that she gets bored, she just wants to try everything. #ItsABigWorld
Kara served as Director of Experience Design for Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Prior to that she was Senior Advisor at 18F, where she provided counsel to the exec director and senior leadership team, and focused on org culture. As part of the inaugural class of 18 Presidential Innovation Fellows, Kara served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence, reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective.
Kara's first gig in Hollywood was the Oscars, where both her theatre degree and Jersey driving skills came in handy in Los Angeles. She went on to work on the Emmys, an NBC/DreamWorks pilot, and at the Geffen Playhouse. (She also appeared—most notably, or forgettably, depending on your point of view—on an episode of Glee.) After founding TEDxIntuit, she's gone on to executive produce and direct numerous TEDx events, and coach upwards of 500 speakers.
From working on the Women's World Cup press operations team to US Soccer game operations to production of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, if there's a large, complex live event with 1,000 moving parts, you can bet Kara will be there in the center of it all directing traffic. Bonus points for hitting all the broadcast commercial cues. Fun fact: As Community Relations Manager for San Diego's pro soccer team, she wore the mascot costume. Once.